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>> the party does not have the stomach for it, erica. look. we have seen all week a battle within the republican party. this is not a fight right now between democrats and republicans. this is a fight within the republican party that they are trying to resolve. the speaker is trying to head off these members of his caucus who are pushing toward the shutdown that would occur if we don't get a deal on monday ni t night. >> i bring up again senator kto coburn. he was in the house in the 90s when a government shutdown looming again. this is a quote here. you do not take a hostage you are not going to for sure shoot. we will for sure not shoot this hostage. in turn, could republicans be shooting themselves in the foot? >> no question about it. the entire republican leadership knows that. they have been trying to head off this strategy for weeks and have been unsuccessful of the zeal of this very small group of people within the republican caucus.
there's no doubt that if we have a shutdown, republicans are going to get blamed for it for the simple fact that the whole country will see that this is a shutdown brought on by the republican party. democrats are not making any demand, erica. the only people making demands here are republicans who are talking about not only shutting down obamacare, but if you look at the things they are discussing, asking in return for raising the debt limit, which is a much more important issue than the government shutdown, it is so far beyond what we have become accustomed to in normal democratic governance, it's more like a "saturday night live" kit. i bet there will be is "saturday night live" kit tonight on it. >> a good promo for that, john. john harwood, appreciate your insight. history was made on friday at the oval office. president obama taking a phone call from iran's president rouhani. they spoke on for nearly 15
minutes. it was the first conversation between the two nations' leaders in more than 30 years. where do they go from this starting point? kristen welker is live at the white house with that story. good morning. >> reporter: good morning. forp experts say this could be a new beginning in the relationship between the united states and iran but they also say it will be important for both sides to keep the momentum going if they hope to get an agreement on iran's nuclear program. this potential breakthrough marked by a phone call that will go down in history. with the budget battle looming, a surprise foreign policy announcement from the president telling reporters he called iran's president hasan rouhani on friday. >> the two of us discussed our ongoing efforts to reach an agreement over iran's nuclear program. >> reporter: he says the president lasted 15 minutes and after rouhani turned down a handshake from the president at the u.n. this week. after conversations between secretary of state kerry and his
iranian counterpart both sides came around. rouhani tweeted news of the call before mr. obama spoke to reporters. >> a path to a meaningful agreement will be difficult, but i believe we have got a responsibility to pursue diplomacy. >> reporter: mr. rouhani, who also tweeted a photo of himself smiling after the call, spent the week reaching out to the u.s. by taking on a more moderate tone this his predecessors and he also made assurances during a recent interview with ann curry. >> translator: we have never pursued or sought nuclear weapons and we are are not going to do so. >> reporter: it's more than 30 years since top level talks between the united states and iran dating back to president jimmy carter before iran's resolution and the american hostage crisis which lasted more than a year. event that foster the decade long diplomatic free. >> it's not very often you can see the hinge of history moving. you may have seen that this week. a step by step process that can
fundamentally change one of the key strategic relationships in the middle east and in the world. >> reporter: house majority leader eric cantor criticized president obama for not calling on the iranian leader to halt his support of extremist elements and the syrian government. meanwhile, u.s. officials say it is important for them to reassure key allies in the region, particularly israel. israel's prime minister benjamin netanyahu is scheduled to visit the white house on a separate trip. accused of hatching a plan to kill an american drug agent in africa. prosecutors accuse him of being a contract killer and say he enlisted other former soldiers to help. our justice correspondent pete williams has more. >> reporter: federal prosecutors says joseph hunter has spent the past eight years out of the military arranging for murders.
he was arrested friday in thailand accused of hiring a team to kill a dea agent in africa. >> bone chilling allegations in today's indictment read like they were ripped from the pages of a tom clancy novel. >> reporter: prosecutors says hunter, nicknamed rambo, hired four soldiers one from the united states and one from poland and two from germany. court documents say hunter met with two men he thought were from a columbia cocaine cartel but who were actually undercover informants for the dea. hunters launched a global operation sending members of his team to the bahamas and meeting with the team in thailand and plotting to kill a drug agent and another man they were told was an informant and sending two team members to liberia on wednesday to kill the agent. one of them was recorded saying, actually, for me, that's fun. i love this work. they were arrested when they landed. they called murders for hire
bonus work and said they need a total of 800,000 dollars. >> these professional killers develop plans to use automatic weapons and silencers and masks and detailed escape routes and cover stories to make their murders look like random violence on the streets. >> reporter: hunter and the others all now under arrest and face charges that could bring life in prison. for "today," pete williams, nbc news, washington. just story that is in awe over that. we want to get a check of the rest of the this morning's top stories. >> craig melvin is here with that. >> good morning. a dramatic month of diplomatsy leads to a unanimous vote from the u.n. security council. face consequences if syria does not remove their chemical weapons. the security council would have pass another resolution to decide punishment. it was on a deal earlier this
month between the united states and russia which stopped the military strike against syria. later this morning we could find out more about the yarnell fire that killed firefighters. now there is speculation that it will not be as specific as some would like. the main question that people want answered is why did the granite mountain shots break the zone and leave safety zones? the death was the highest in at least a half century from a wildfire. a state judge says new jersey civil unions are preventing couples from getting the federal benefits they are now guaranteed. the judge ordered same-sex marriages ought to be allowed starting october 21st. governor chris christie's office said it would be appealing that decision. homecoming at a california
high school has an extra meeting for one cheerleader. haley macgregor just finished her routine when she heard a familiar name announced over the loud speaker. it was her dad's name. he had been serving in afghanistan and he had not been home for seven months. the two reunited on the field there. there were cheers. there were smiles. that reaction is priceless. that is the news for now. >> it gives me chills. those stories never get old. such a special moment. >> yeah. >> thanks. dylan is now standing by at the weather map with our first check of the forecast. good morning. >> good morning, everyone. we have a huge storm system. look at the size of this storm affecting parts of the pacific northwest from seattle right down into portland and this is going to be one of those storm systems that produces several inches of rainfall. you can see here that we do have the possibility perhaps picking up up to 7 to 10 inches of rain right along the immediately coastline itself but not just the rain, the wind on top of that. in some of the highest
elevations we could end up with wind gusts up to 65 miles per cloudyd morning, partly skies and temperatures between 70-76 degrees and 73 downtown and 74 in southern maryland. . dare devil jeb corliss making history with a jump out of the a helicopter into a wing suit and fly through a crack in the mountain. he is in china this morning where that jump just happened. ian, good morning. >> reporter: good morning,
erica. i can tell you this was spectacular even by his dizzying standards. all the more so because it looked like it wouldn't happen today. the weather was too bad. the mountains were shrouded in clouds. the wind was particularly whipping those mountains. we thought it wouldn't happen. so did he. but then the weather cleared late this afternoon and up he went in the helicopter soaring above those three towering peaks above that narrow crack which was his target. he launched himself out of that helicopter, through that crack which is only 60 feet wide at the top and 15 wide at the bottom and opened his parachute and landed heavily, but safely. now, we caught up with him after that spectacular stunt and i can tell you, he was really ecstatic. >> it was the single gnarliest thing i have ever done. i have never experienced anything more hard-core, period. i was 100% sure that that was
not happening. i'm like, we're done, we're done. i have not been that scared in my life. it was so overwhelming. it was so powerful. i just started crying. >> reporter: he said it was the most challenging, scary thing he had had ever done and at one point, he came that close to the wall. i mean, it was pretty scary from where i was looking and quite spectacular, erica. >> it's pretty scary and spectacular all the way here in new york when we see it on a video. ian williams, thanks. 65 used to be the magic number of the age when people would give up working for good and pull out the golf clubs but these days, more and more people are putting their retirement plans on hold and some are doing it, they say, permanently. john yang has one couple's story. >> has are you guys? good morning. >> reporter: an age many are looking to kick back and relax, barbara and her husband get up early and go to work.
barbara heads to her job as a computer software company. bob, 69 and an engineer commutes down the hall to a home office. it's not the life they imagined. >> it isn't, i think, the way we pictured it when we were young. i'm sure when we were young we never thought we would be looking past 65. >> joo they contributed to 401(k)s and put money away but took a hit in the stock market. >> we had this nest egg and we always thought that was going to carry us through and we lost a lot. >> reporter: a far cry from their parents' retirement more than three decades ago. >> he didn't have a lot of money when he first retired but the cds were paying 17% which is not bad. what do we have now? 0.25? it's like nothing. >> reporter: the 2012 survey found fewer than half of americans age 50 to 70 were confident they would be able to retire. the biggest worries? low interest rates on savings
and stock market losses and a drop in real estate. >> you look at how much your assets will generate in terms of income. >> reporter: the levines have turned to a financial planner who helped them cut spending and eliminate credit card debt. >> if people on not spending they would be doing much better. >> reporter: the levines enjoy their jobs but have a new retirement goal. >> i'm working four more years and when i'm 70, i will be done. >> reporter: how confident are you you will be able to do it comfortably? >> i don't know. i hope we will be okay. we're doing everything we can, but it's a big unknown and it's scary. are you ready? >> reporter: the payoff is clear -- less time at work, more time with the grandkids. for "today," john yang, nbc news, north brook, illinois. so what can you do if you're worried about your retirement
cnbc sharon eppson is here to help. the recession, people lost their savings and maybe lost their jobs. was there also some bad retirement planning along the way? >> there was likely. and that is that they did not save enough along the way. they were under saving and then also the fearf what was happening doing drg that recession caused a lot of people to pull out and pull out at the wrong time, missing the market gains that we have seen recently. >> what is the most common mistake that people make in their retirement planning? >> they do not save enough. they are spending too much and not putting enough was he faway savings and not thinking about retirement are look longer term. for some people, going to the golf course is not what they want to do. they think that is the images they see but actually they may have something they enjoy doing. working and retirement doesn't have to necessarily working in a 9:00 to 5:00 job you have right now but it might be doing something that gives you an income that you enjoy doing. >> a lot of us are living
longer. you retire at 62, you may be retired 25 to 30 years. tell us what people should do right now to avoid this trap. >> think what you can cut out now and save more. try to save 10% of your salary. also think about what the long-term growth is going to be like. don't worry about what is happening year-to-year, month-to-month. the statements that come in can be so scary sometimes when there is something happening with the market but you're thinking about longer term. work with a financial adviser because sometimes you need someone to help you to figure out what to vest in but also help you stop yourself from doing those things like taking the money out and overspending, getting rid of that credit card debt. you need somebody to be a check on you. >> a mindset change has to take place as you approach this retirement date, don't you? >> i think you have to reimagine retirement. when i think of retirement, i think of my grandfather and
prnts grandparents. my grandmother is 76 and she goes to the gym every day. maybe something you can do during retirement and make money at but it's fun work in retirement. >> all great advice, sharon. thanks. >> thank you. up next a man's best friend is a man's hero. we will share that with you coming up next. first, this is "today" on nbc.
helping to help our veterans make the transition between our wounded warriors as they return to civilian life. >> dylan spent time with folks around the american vet dogs, an organization that trained dogs with disabled veterans. >> this is an eye opening experience spending time with them. it's more than a new friend for these vets. these dogs become an actual member of their family. >> show your pretty smile. >> reporter: it's the lingering
toll of war. veterans of iraq and afghanistan returning home wounded in action or suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder and sometimes even both. >> i spent 22 years, 4 months, 7 days in the military. when we're back here in the united states, you would think it wouldn't hit you but it's a full-blown panic attack. >> reporter: the past decade a program named american vet dogs have placed service dogs with 300 of those wounded warriors. companions like harry and others are paired with veterans who are blind or who have other physical or emotional disabilities like seizures. crurster does what for you? >> he's a seizure alert dog. >> reporter: his xan can sense what other people can't and as he shows us here he is trained to bark in case of an emergency. >> he's like a god-send. >> reporter: personalized to support each soldier's exact needs. after a year and a half of
socialization and skill training it's time to go on duty. what are the things these dogs are trained to do? >> dogs can push buttons to help open doors, they can brace if somebody is having trouble getting up and down the stairs and they retrieve all kinds of items. >> reporter: this does not come cheap. from birth, it costs $50,000 to breed, raise, and train each dog. the service men and women who receive a vet dog don't pay a penny. well jones is the ceo of american vet dogs. >> our mission is to improve the quality of life and, you know, these dogs really do. >> reporter: these men will spend ten days at this long island facility bonding and learning how to handle their new constant companions. so you guys have only been with these dogs for about ten days, but you have such a bond with them. >> i think it's made me come out of my shell a little bit. >> it's a battle buddy. that dog is there 24/7, you know he?
>> knowing that i can do something by myself! >> reporter: and they can already feel the connection. you guys are the ultimate heroes. how humbling is it to come back now and have these dogs now take care of you? >> they are our heroes. they are going to be there for us every time we need them. >> i spoke with brian yesterday, he is the one who was ganikas and he says things have been amazing since he has been home. he says it is a true blessing to have ganikas in his life and it's a true blessing. >> i love the name. >> it is a big name. >> i love the organizations have come and found the ways to address our service men and women's needs. >> we will be back after this. in baltimore.l >> some new details are
emerging about the fiery crash involving police that killed three people and tuesday. there were multiple attempts to get the officers do not pursue that suspects vehicle. plainclothes officers first tried to stop the car because the officers found pot. officers should not follow another vehicle unless immediate action is necessary. convicted of killing another man over a foot wall -- to and he was now sentenced 12 years in prison. he was caught on surveillance camera pulling a sword from a walking cane. family and friends will say good by to the carroll county man that everyone knew was killed in the washington navy yard shooting next week. his funeral is set for 11:00 today.
annapolis. got temperatures down to 65 in ocean city. the high today between 70-76 degrees to do a. and 70 by noon. temperatures will be around 74 degrees sunday, 75 monday and that's when we will have our next rain chance, 20%, mid to upper 70 pots by the end of the week. us, wenks for joining are back in 25 minutes with another up date. we are back on this saturday morning, september 28th, between. we got a lively crowd out there on rockefeller plaza. we will be out to say hello in a
few minutes. we have a lot to talk about. teenagers and drivers are they being safe behind the wheel? important information for parents and anybody on the road with teeth drivers. are the kids following the rules? that is question. >> i drive by people and you see this the whole time they are driving and a little bit disconcerting. you may have heard about the feud between jimmy kimmel and kanye west. it's been going on a couple of days ever since jimmy did a skit and sort of made fun of kanye on his show. kanye is now getting some advice. you'll be interested to hear who that advice is coming from and how he handles all of this. i'm kind of obsessed with this story. that's what i'm wondering. >> talk about it coming up. remember the days of boy meets girl and boy gets down on one knee and the girl says yes
in complete shock? yes! that kind of luster may be changing and tell you about what some couples are doing that may take the romantic out of a proposal but may leave a little money in his bank account if you know where i'm going with this. >> maybe start life off much better without as much debt but that is from two practical people here. florida's controversial stand your ground law is back in the spotlight this morning because a woman who was sentenced to 20 years behind bars for firing a gun to scare her husband is being grand a new trial. gabe gutierrez has more. >> reporter: the appeals court ruled the jge made a error during jury struck shen. a case that drew national attention is once again in the spotlight. >> love you! >> love you. >> reporter: this morning marisa alexander has a new chance of freedom. an appeals court ordering a new trial after she was convicted last year of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.
>> she has no prior record and led an upstanding life. everyone can see no one was harmed here. >> reporter: in august of 2010 during a violent argument with her husband in jacksonville they went to the garage and got her gun which she illegal owned and claiming he threatened to kill her, alexander says she fired a warning shot into the wall to scare him off. but prosecutors argued she was aiming at her husband and missed. the jury took just 12 minutes to convict her. florida's gun laws require a minimum sentence of 20 years. a punishment even her now ex-husband thinks is too severe. >> he recognizes that she is going to be punished. he wants her to be punished appropriately. >> reporter: xampalexander casew national attention in last year's shooting death of unarmed teenager trayvon martin. while the appeals court upheld that stand your ground did not play in alexander's case it did
rule the jury instructions were wrong because the judge implied it was up to alexander to prove self-defense beyond a reasonable doubt when, in fact, the burden of proof falls on the prosecution. >> the court is saying it's inartfully worded and gives the jury the wrong impression who bears that burden. >> reporter: prosecutors call the reversal a legal technicality and say they plan to argument the same set of facts. a new trial that has not been set, but alexander's lawyers say they hope it happens within the next six months. in the meantime, they plan to ask the court here to reconsider her bail. back to you. >> gabe gutierrez this morning, thanks. time for another check of the weather. dylan is outside with the crowd. hey, dylan! >> good morning! we have got 13 women from alabama here. can you spot them? they are all here and ready to go on a saturday morning. take a look at your weather. we are actually going to see this big cold front move through the center of the country and out ahead of it, we have rain from areas across wisconsin and
minnesota right down into texas. we are looking at the chance of some heavier pockets of rain and heavy rain in the pacific northwest perhaps up to 7 or more inches of rain and winds gusting up to about 65 miles per hour. tomorrow, it's the same thing in the pacific northwest. cold front starts to move further to the east across the ohio river valley but still stretching down across texas, but on the east and the west sides of that front, it is absolutely gorgeous. nice and wild and in the 70s up and down the east coast and nice and warm back through the plain states for a temperature should top out in the 70s and 80s as we go into the end of the that's a look at the national forecast. na >> a mix of sun and clouds to date, 73 in downtown all tomorrow and for the next several days, we will see
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>> i was going to say, you can't make this stuff up. >> you can't make this stuff up. >> i want to talk about breaking bad. last week i got out of this kick and binge watching and starting season five. the finale is coming up this week. >> this will not get as many viewers as "the sopranos." expected to bring in 8 million viewers. the first only 1 million viewers and because of netflix and social media. it's been mentioned 28 million times on twitter. >> i like it but i don't. i watch it but i want to turn away because i can't believe i'm watching this. it's really dark. >> wrap up like the "sopranos"? >> nobody knows. it's been shot in secrecy. age of social media, people are excited because you don't know what is going to happen. >> a lot going on. i do need to get on it. also excited tonight.
39th season of "saturday night live" kicking off and people have been lined up outside our studios the last couple of days hoping for those tickets. tina fey is hosting and a bunch of new cast members? >> six new cast members and arcade fire is performing. tina fey is one of the fames cast members. you have somebody you're familiar with and new people mixed in there. this should be interesting. >> i think miley cyrus is the guest host -- >> who? >> you never heard of her? >> "rolling stone" cover this month and opened up for a candid interview. >> i think this is why miley may have crossed the line because she talks about weed is the best drug on earth and she doesn't like coke. i've been a big miley supporter. maybe yesterday morning i say you cross the line when you talk about your love for drugs.
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final goodbye today to ritual inhaelridgel, he was killed the washington navy yard shooting last week and the viewings were held yesterday at the funeral home in glen bernie and his funeral is set for today at 11:00. he served in the military and in iraq and work for the maryland state police for 17 years. he is being remembered as a great husband, father, coach, and hero. there will be a hearing on thursday challenging the new maryland gun law. a temporary restraining order is being sought. the state's response to the complaint must be filed by noon on monday and governor martin o'malley believes the new measure is constitutional and legally defensible. >> our law has passed all sorts of reviews -- constitutional muster and for some people, they
are idea logical he committed that there should be no gun laws that some of them will file suit and we think it will withstand any challenge. >> the lawsuit does not challenge the provision for first-time handgun others to submit to fingerprints but a separate federal lawsuit filed yesterday does, citing a huge governmentbacklog of applications.
degrees. the wins will be out of the northeast at 10 miles per hour. , and 10 a.m., 70 by noon 73 degrees by 3:00. the seven day forecast for call around 75atures sunday. our next rain chance is monday. temperatures will rise after that cold front, 76 tuesday, 78 wednesday with a warming trend and friday could bring us a temperature chance of showers. 11 thanks for joining us, news starts in 25 minutes so we will see you then. ♪ good morning. it's saturday, september 28th, 2013. here is a look at today's top stories. preparing for a showdown. the house is set to meet in a
few hours taking up the latest bill passed by the senate on friday to keep the government running past monday. president obama is urging them to act quickly. we will go live to capitol hill. historic conversation. president obama's phone call to the iranian president hasan rouhani. is this a new beginning in the diplomatic relationship between the u.s. and iran? on a wing and a prayer. a death defying stunt that makes you want to hold your breath until this dare devil is safely on the ground. that a close brush with the cliff there. we will show you more of that move that took the man to a small crack in the side of a mountain. good morning, i'm lester holt. >> i'm erica hill. along with dylan dreyer and craig melvin. cue! you know what it is? i keep watching that video and i'm thinking i'm really glad of this as well. i would never in a million years do that. >> without the cliff? >> no! true!
>> he was on such a high afterwards. what did he say? the gnarliest thing i've ever done. >> he did admit it was scary. >> he looked a little shaken too. >> he didn't have a lot of time to pull the chute. he was a little low by the time he came out of that chute. we will talk more about that and show you more of that coming up. first to the headline in washington. three days left for lawmakers to come to an agreement to avoid a government shutdown. luke russert is live on capitol hill with where they stand now. big meeting there today, right, luke? >> reporter: good morning, lester. a few hours, the house gop conference will meet in a rare weekend session called by speaker boehner to try and figure out some way forward in order to fund the government. >> reporter: countdown to shut
down. a warning from president obama to the house. >> my message to congress is this -- do not shut down the government, do not shut down the economy, pass a budget on time, pay our bills on time. >> reporter: the legislation now heads to the house where it faces opposition from republicans who oppose the bill because it doesn't defund obama care. >> this is like holding a gun on each other now and standing in a burning building and deciding who is going to blink. >> reporter: senate democrats say the position of house republicans is extreme. >> the country is not going to be distorted. we will not be hit with a gun to our heads. >> reporter: today the house begins a rare weekend session to try to forge a compromise before the government shuts down on monday at midnight. what would be affected? paychecks to the military and visa and passport applications and public access to national parks all halted and federal workers furloughed. for carrie galloway, a shutdown
hits home. her husband is a federal worker. >> if it went on for very long and the bullies couldn't decide to share the sand box, then i think the affects of that would be quite dramatic on my family. >> reporter: many americans are just tired of the partisanship. >> each of them have their own agenda and for whatever reason now, they can't work together and i don't understand why. >> reporter: having conversations with aides this morning, no clear wade forward and a block within the house gop conference and does not want to see hi funding of the president's health care law. for the government to be funded, speaker boehner will have to do that with democratic votes. the question now is will he do that? some folks say after the monday night deadline which means we could see a shutdown for a few days. a fluid situation but things from where we stand right now, don't look too good. >> seems like we constantly seeing ourselves standing on the brink. luke russert, thanks. >> take care. the phone call between president obama and iranian
president rouhani. the phone call lasted 15 minutes. the first time of this for 15 years. president obama opened up about that discussion. >> the two of us discussed about reaching an agreement over iran's nuclear program. i reiterated to president rouhani what i said in new york. while there surely will be important obstacles to moving forward and success is no means guaranteed, i believe we can reach a comprehensive solution. >> reporter: on monday, israel's prime minister will visit the white house. u.s. officials are reassuring its israeli it is to maintain peace in the middle east. we are wondering what happened to a captain of a 737 suffered a heart attack mid flight late thursday.
flight crew tried to save him. tom costello is live in washington to tell us more about that. tom, good morning. >> reporter: good morning again. 30,000 feet is the last place most people want to be when they go into labor or suffer a stroke or a heart attack. but as we saw, it does happen, even involving crew members and that is when the training is supposed to kick in. >> we are going to go straight up and straight down with those compressions. >> reporter: flight attendance across the country. >> 1, 2, 34. >> reporter: learning the basics of cpr is basic training. late thursday night over idaho, a united flight crew used all their training trying to save one of their own. >> emergency aircraft with you. >> reporter: the 63-year-old captain at the controls from houston to seattle was in cardiac arrest. the co-pilot assumed command. >> man down. chest compressions going on right now. i'm not sure of too much right
now, status, but can an imagine and maybe paramedics meet us off the runway. >> reporter: off duty pilots jumped into the cockpit two army doctors returning from a training session performed cpr. despite all of their efforts, the captain died at a boise hospital. the retirement age for pilots is now 65. they undergo physicals once a year if under 40 and twice a year if over 40. doctors check their eyesight and equilibrium and cardiac health. >> pilots are less likely to have these type of events than the population in general because of the ongoing medical evaluations that we go through. >> reporter: in flight medical emergencies are fairly common. nearly 50 each day in the united states, but most involve passengers and aren't so serious. according to a recent study, 37% are related to fainting, followed by respiratory and air sickness, over 7% of all the emergencies require the plane to
divert. >> if he continues to have symptoms, i would have ems meet him. >> reporter: when there is an emergency they call two med centers for advice. >> serious medical eventual are rare and an event such as a heart attack or a death on board of the flight are incredibly uncommon. >> reporter: i was on a plane a few years ago when a passenger suffered a stroke. the pilot declared an emergency. we were over western nebraska and i swear we picked up speed fast and got into denver very quickly. the flight attendant asked everyone to stay seated until the paramedics boarded. wouldn't you know, as soon as we landed, people jumped up out of their seats. the flight attendants said, "if you don't sit down, i'll have you arrested." they sat down pretty quickly. one week since the horrific mall massacre in nairobi. this morning how a man helped save a young girl and her
family. rob is live with us in nairobi. >> reporter: there are more signs every day in the neighborhood that people are getting back to their norm daily routine. three official days of mourning are over. there are more people trying to focus every day on the heroes and survivors of those three awful days. unbelievable acts of heroism. the police officer reaching a family with children and reassuring them and leading hem to safety. the man reach outing to the girl is ab dull haji because his brother was trapped. there is porsche just 4 running to him. >> just running towards strangers holding gun i thought that was brave. i thought she was brave. >> reporter: she was with her mother and four brothers and sisters, americans living here. like so many survivors, waltons told us they are not ready to talk about their ordeal.
haji said he just reacted to the situation. >> rescuing people and getting people out of danger so no time to think of fear or being scared. >> i think this thing has just made me strong. >> reporter: this lady was there with friends having coffee. gunfire pinned them down and she was lying next to a boy and his phone ringing loudly and tried to switch it off afraid it would attract attention. >> when i put my hand under him i realized this guy had been shot because he was bleeding. he was bleeding heavily. a lot of blood there. >> reporter: to play dead she covered herself with the boy's blood and laid still until help finally arrived. >> i felt really, really guilty doing that. >> reporter: guilty? >> yeah, i felt a little bit guilty because there is this young boy. >> reporter: you don't know who this young man is? >> no. i'd love to know who he was, because i think that his blood protected me. >> reporter: saved your life? >> saved my life, yeah. >> reporter: she is safe with her husband and young son and
still wondering what happened to the boy who helped save her probably without even knowing it. so many incredible stories of survival. we understand that there were more than a thousand people rescued from that mall over the course of those several days. now, officials tell us there are no longer any people who are not accounted for from the mall. the death toll stands at 67. the investigation continues. erica? >> ron allen in nairobi, thank you. as dylan said, it just gives you chills. you put yourself in that situation. what would you do and how would you react and where would you go? but a lot of bravery. >> amazing stories of survival. >> let's get another check of top stories of the day with craig melvin. a breakthrough decision from the u.n. security council voted unanimously last night to secure an destroy syria's chemical weapons or syria faces consequences. the vote was based on a deal
struck earlier this month between the united states and russia which stopped an american military strike against syria. back here in new york city. new york city police found 14 bags of marijuana in a 3-year-old girl's backpack at a manhattan day care. police say teachers called them after smelling the odor of marijuana. they say the pot was packed in sand wish bags and freezer bags. the girl is believed to be in the care of child welfare authorities. a pretty dramatic and dare i say somewhat comical escape attempt by a prisoner in texas. police say this man, this guy ran from them while he was being transported. he got behind the wheel of a police car but he couldn't find the key. so then he tries to get into another police car and this time, he locks the doors. officers eventually break the wind to get to him. as you might expect, he faces a laundry list of charges. it was considered the best selling tablet in the world until now.
a new report finds android has taken the lead from apple's ipad in both tablets sold and the money people paid for them. android as a whole may have sold more devices than apple but the system is split between samsung and amazon and several others as well. finally this morning he is jumped from the eiffel talkowerd space needle in seattle. now jeb corliss dropped from a helicopter and put his wing suit through a crack in a 900-foot crack in a rock and that crack was 25 feet wide. >> it was the single gnarliest thing i've ever done in my life without a doubt. i have never experienced anything more hard-core, period. it -- i -- i was a hundred percent sure that that was not happening. i'm like, it's done, we're done. i have not been that scared in my life. it was so overwhelming, it was so powerful, i just started
crying. >> the jump was postponed because of weather but he heard on facebook afterward the weather opened one hour and i nailed the stunt perfect. that is the news. >> you got to have a free use of the word gnarly to do that. >> and hard-core. >> he said he looked like -- he came looking like a part of the michlt i thi mountain. >> i think he knows it. speaking of bad weather, we are going to see some pretty nasty weather through the middle of the country. you can see we have heavy rain basically from kansas city through oklahoma city. and with some of these thunderstorms, we could end up with frequent cloud-to-ground lightning and flash flooding is a good possibility. damaging winds and also some large hail is also possible. now it's all out ahead of this cold front right here and out ahead of that cold front is where it's really warm. in fact, temperatures, because of this strong southwest wind
will warm about 10 degrees above average in places like st. louis and chicago. 86 degrees today in st. louis. 83 degrees in chicago. that is well above average. but well to the east of that it feels like fall. temperatures konts be more perfect. low humidity and temperatures in the 70s. but back behind it, we are also in the 60s and 70s. once the cold front moves through not like we will see a huge surge. cold air into the plain stapts behind cloudyd morning, partly skies and temperatures between 70-76 degrees and 73 downtown and 74 in southern maryland.
that is your latest forecast. lester? >> thanks very much, dylan. still to come, turning tradition on its head. should couples split the cost of the engagement ring? would that be really so bad? we will fened out what some people think. what you think after these messages. fened out what some if you have the audacity to believe in straight talk, not double-talk. if you have the nerve to believe that in a puzzling financial world, clarity is king. [ man ] if you believe nothing beats a sit-down for knowing where you stand. [ male announcer ] join the nearly 7 million investors who think like you do: face time and think time make a difference. join us. [ male announcer ] for 90 years, it's how edward jones has made sense of investing. i've got a big date, but my sinuses are acting up. it's time for advil cold and sinus. [ male announcer ] truth is that won't relieve all your symptoms. new alka seltzer plus-d relieves more sinus symptoms than any other behind the counter liquid gel.
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groceries and rents and their evenings out. nothing unusual about that but appears to be a new trend that seems a little out of left field. >> some couples are choosing to go dutch whether it comes to the engagement. garago takes a look. >> reporter: a girl many moments dream of. the day he gets down on bending knee and asks? >> will you please marry me? >> reporter: wouldn't it be nice if it happens like in the movies? ♪ >> reporter: boy meets girl and they fall in love and he pops the question. >> will you marry me? >> reporter: she says? >> yes! yes! >> pick one. >> reporter: but this isn't the movies. it's real life. in 2013, times are a changing when it comes to buying that bling. some couples are going dutch. moving away from tradition and splitting the cost of the engagement ring. so is chivalry dead or does it make sense? >> i wouldn't marry him if he asked me to split the cost. >> not a fan of that. >> a great idea.
>> i was where we split the cost and it quickly soon ended. >> it was posted this. have you heard about going dutch on the engagement ring j would you do it and what do you think of the idea? >> wet comments we work together, this is a team and this is a decision between us and i may be old-fashioned but the ring should be a surprise. >> reporter: annika director of the site says the responses are a sign of the times. >> a lot of couples are living together and already have their finances combined and when it comes to make the purchases like engagement they have to be in on it together. >> reporter: whether you decide to go dutch or traditional, remember at the end of the day, it's love that makes for a happy marriage. >> ladies, thumb's up or thumb's down? >> i'm very traditional. he had to ask my dad for permission and totally surprise me with the ring. >> david asked my dad and i
never thought it before. it's okay. we lived together five years before they got married. >> a lot of you have an opinion about this. craig is in the orange room and monitoring what people are saying about going dutch on the engagement ring. >> lots of reaction. show you the survey results. would you be willing to split the cost of the engagement ring? 46% say yes and 54% say no. we don't have a male/female breakdown but you probably could guess what it would be. here is the tweet. would you be able to split the cost? first response here. amanda, i did and now divorced and not recommended. jason, look, if she wants to pay half, who am i to stop her? a handful of the results and we will be right back. >> craig, we will be back in a moment. first, this is "today" on nbc.
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prosecutors say he killed a man during a fight over a football wager. he was caught on surveillance camera pulling a sword from a walking cane. baltimore county officials are helping with restriction drugs by installing boxes around the county to dispose of prescription and illegal drugs. in the last five years, nearly five hundred baltimore county residents have dried from dog overdoses and called the boxes a no questions asked solution. >> the time is 8:27 a.m. ons is what's coming up next 11 news. >> what led officers to pursue the suspect in a crash. quacks are you struggling to keep your home for foreclosure? >> we are starting our weekend with clouds and we will talk about our next best chance for
the region right now and temperatures are in the 50 ross 50 60 poss, no raindrops -- 's and 60's. across the region, we are starting off with the clouds and maybe a break i this afternoon. 74 in southern maryland and 70 and the mountains and the slight rain chance for ocean city. new details are emerging this morning about that fiery crash involving city police that killed three people on tuesday. >> there were multiple attempted get the officers not to psue a suspect vehicle. we have more. two men and afore honda cause of this fiery crash that killed them and the person and another car on tuesday sources say
plainclothes officers in a rental car with emergency equipment first tried to stop the honda because the officers smelled marijuana. the city's pursuit house he states that officers should not follow another vehicle unless immediate action is necessary and not pursuing a car could cause harm or death. >> there are some issues i've concerned with with the incident that took place. would notmmissioner explain what he meant by that and would not specifically answered lessons about whether officers are sued the honda. tonight, there were multiple attempts to call off the officers. did the posters here them and were they on the same radio channels and how did they respond? >an attorney gave this statement -- >> i think the police killed my
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must be filed monday. the governor believes the new measure is constitutional and legally defensible. all sortsw has passed of reviews, constitutional muster and, for some people, they are so ideologically committed to the notion there should never be any gun laws, some of them will inevitably file suit and we think it will withstand any challenge. >> the lawsuit does not challenge the provision for first-time gun buyers to submit fingerprints. a lawsuit yesterday does citing a huge backlog of gun applications. it seeks a 90 day delay. is on the way for maryland law enforcement in the form of a new federal grant worth nearly $2 million. the u.s. department of justice announced the grants to hire school resource officers and fill critical law enforcement positions and that will be divided